Japan refuses to subject whaling to scrutiny
The Government of Japan has said it will refuse to cooperate with a new process to review ‘scientific’ whale hunts at the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
Through a resolution passed by a majority of governments at the IWC meeting in October, the Commission agreed to establish a ‘Standing Working Group’ to review programmes for lethal scientific research. The resolution Improving the Review Process for Whaling under Special Permit was put forward by the governments of Australia and New Zealand.
Yesterday the Government of Japan sent a letter to the Secretary of the IWC saying it refuses to cooperate with the new review process.
The development comes when the Japanese Commissioner has been elected chair of the Commission.
“Having had their scientific whaling programs ruled unlawful by the International Court of Justice and the Federal Court of Australia, Japan has the gall to question the validity of the Commission’s resolution.
“It’s extremely poor form for Japan, which now chairs the IWC, to refuse to cooperate with a resolution carried by a clear majority of governments at the Commission.
“This is yet another example of Japan seeking to subvert the international community’s efforts to protect whales and other marine species.
“Clearly the Government of Japan knows their scientific whaling programs do not stand up to scrutiny.
“Humane Society International calls on them to drop the pretext that their whale hunts have anything to do with science and to respect the global moratorium on commercial whaling,” said Nicola Beynon, Head of Campaigns for Humane Society International in Australia.